Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua on Wednesday failed to appear before a Senate oversight committee for questioning over the 2017-18 audit queries raised by the Auditor General’s office.

The Senate County Public Accounts and Investment Committee had invited the governor to appear before it in Kitui where the Senate is sitting.

However, Dr Mutua skipped the meeting and instead sent a letter indicating that Machakos Senator Boniface Kabaka had mobilised goons to attack him in Kitui.

“We have intelligence information that youth are being mobilised by my opponents in the region to be ferried to Kitui to heckle me and paint me as corrupt,” Mutua said in the letter.

But the Senator rubbished Mutua’s allegations saying the county chief was seeking a cheap excuse to avoid questioning.

Committee members accused the governor of disrespecting the Senate, terming his excuse as ‘juvenile’.

“We cannot entertain such juvenile characteristics. The letter does not show that the governor is engaged. It shows that he fears to be accountable to the people of Machakos,” Narok Senator Ledama Olekina observed.

The Committee has now summoned the county boss to appear before the panel on September 30, 2019, in Machakos.